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YMMV: Hyperion Cantos
aka: Hyperion
  • Badass Decay: The limits of the Shrike's power are explored in the second duology, where it faces creatures nearly as powerful as itself.
  • Even Better Sequel: The 3 other books in the Hyperion quadtrilogy - Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, and The Rise of Endymion are regarded by some readers as even better than the original novel. On the other hand, some consider the second pair to be substantially inferior to the first two. The überseries is really two two-part series, with the first dealing with a mystery and a large and diverse cast in a hyperfuture somewhere between cyberpunk and post-scarcity and the second dealing with the fairly direct exposition of that mystery, a much smaller cast, an obsessive focus on a romance (you'll never read the words 'My love' so often) and a setting most readers will probably find regressive from that from the first two novels, albeit with some interesting nightmare fuel technologies of its own. YMMV, but the two series are so different that it's unlikely any given reader will like both equally.
  • Fauxlosophic Narration: "The Void which Binds", etc. Aenea's "philosophical" lectures basically amount to this.
  • Genius Bonus: The series is littered with literary references, from overt to subtle.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Since Moneta is revealed to be future Rachel, this means that Kassad was telling Sol about all the times he had sex with Sol's daughter in his tale.
  • Sci Fi Ghetto: The whole series is based on poems by John Keats. It's still genre fiction, though.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Aenea's aforementioned lectures. The author draws heavily on the terminology of several sophisticated real-life philosophies and religions to present simplistic hippie nonsense as deep philosophy.
  • Tear Jerker: Sol Weintraub's story, definitely.
    • Merin's conversation with the dolphins.
      Dolphin: Miss Shark/Miss Shark/Miss Shark/Miss Shark/Shark/Shark/Shark (It's "miss" as in "pine for", not "madame".)
    • Aenea's death as well.
    • The last 50 pages of The Rise of Endymion count too, but then the tears are mainly tears of happiness.

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